Q. How and why did you get into alt modelling? Who are your heroes or your inspiration?
I first started alternative modelling march 2009,so not actually that long ago,I randomly went to a shoot as I thought It looked interesting. My modelling inspirations would definately be dita von teese shes my main favourite,erm...Ivy Blue,metal sanaz,issabella Batz are also well cool!!
Q. How long have you been an alt model?
8 months and counting lol!
Q. Were you a fan of body art before modelling, and is body art a big part of the alt industry?
I have ALWAYS been a fan of body art even before I was old enough to get tattoos and piercing to be honest, i liked them as they where rebellious and different!
Q. Is the industry like you thought it would be ? What surprised you about it?
As I am fairly new to the industry I still have alot to learn and discover but I am enjoying it and love meeting new and crazy people like myself!!
Q. Did you start off as full-time, or did you start modelling part-time?
It started of as a hobby - just fun, but am getting into it more and more everyday making me more determined to be more professional and long-term.
Q. Was it difficult to build a portfolio, and what did you learn about the process - meeting photographers, make up artists, wardrobe people, etc ...
It was difficult sometimes but worth it in the end ....it can be a pain when things like shoots are cancelled or if your also like a student like I am its hard to find freetime for more shoots but i wouldnt change it for the world!
Q. How was your first shoot ? Were you nervous? What advice would you give new models about how to prepare?
my first shoot was quite lucky as my friend andy was the photographer (www.drawingwithlight.org) so i was nervous but had support for my friend and made 2 new friends at that shoot faye and sarah who I still speak to!
At the moment am not with an agency but would love to be
Q. Is safety a high priority for you? What have you learned about how to keep yourself safe while working as an alt model ?
I always take a chaperone with me for support,and if a photographer tries to force you to do things YOU are not comfortable with do not work with them. You should both get on and feel comfortable!
Q. Have you found your own style within alt modelling, how did you decide on your 'look'?
I guess although you can tell that I'm alternative,tattooed etc I dont think i look like many other people which I think and and I hope other people think is great !
Q. Is it important to be flexible in what type of photoshoots and jobs you'll take, or do you decide what you will and won't do and just stick to that?
I believe the more flexabile and versitile you are the better for your portfolio but like I said youve gotta feel comfortable and happy with what youre doing or the pics wont be as good!
i have worked with other models and its usually friendly competition and banter!
Q. Have you ever thought about being a photographer yourself, or wanted to try any other job within the modelling industry?
I have done media studies at college before so its worth looking into in the future but atm am happy on this side of the camera!!
Q. Is it important to keep other interests/aspects of your life as a priority - things which have nothing to do with modelling? What other skills have helped you as a model?
Keeping things balanced just make sure you dont get that crammed in so you dont get exhausted. I Try my best to eat healthily and get lotsa sleep but hey am a student lol!!
Q. How did your friends, family, or others react to your career choice?
They are made up and support me!
Hmm....am not sure yet if its glamorous or not as am a newbie but ill let you know hahaha!
Q. What advice would you give on how to find work as an alt model?
net-pertfolio.com modelmayhem,facebook and myspace alternative promotions sites like perfect storm,casket girls and my own alternative modelling promo site:- thrashmetalbitches www.myspace.com/thrashmetalbitches
Q. What would you like to achieve in alt modelling in future?
To be a professional alternative model!!!
Q. If you had one piece of advice to give people who want to become an alt model, what would it be?
remember to be safe and enjoy what you do!!xxxx
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